Comeback Is For Naught As Women's Basketball Falls In OT

Comeback Is For Naught As Women's Basketball Falls In OT

SPARKILL, N.Y. – St. Thomas Aquinas College scored the first six points of overtime en route to an 83-77 non-conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician College on Thursday evening at Aquinas Hall.

St. Thomas Aquinas junior swing player Sabrina Eggink (Red Hook, N.Y.) nailed a short jump shot with 0:08 left in regulation to tie the score at 66-66 and force the extra session. She then recorded the first three field goals of overtime to give the Spartans a 72-66 edge with 3:02 to play. Felician never got closer than a four-point deficit the rest of the way.

Eggink tallied eight of STAC's 17 points in extra time and finished the evening with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Senior forward Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) topped the Golden Falcons with 22 points, including 20 after halftime. Felician junior forward Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) amassed 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Felician (1-7) led by as many as eight points in the first half. But the Golden Falcons were whistled for 18 personal fouls in the period, sending STAC to the foul line 28 times. With four players ending the half with three fouls, Felician went into the locker room trailing, 37-28, despite holding the Spartans to 28-percent shooting from the floor.

Spending much of period two in various zone defenses, the Golden Falcons were able to keep their key performers in action and mount a comeback. Trailing by 11 with 17:11 to play in regulation, Felician embarked on a 23-7 run to move ahead, 53-48, at the 9:57 mark. The balance of the period was played in nip-and-tuck fashion, with a go-ahead jumper by Golden Falcon sophomore Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J.) at 0:48 negated by Eggink's heroics.

Junior center Mary Chisholm (West Babylon, N.Y.) recorded 12 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench for Felician. Teammate Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J.) totaled 11 points, five boards and three assists.

The Golden Falcons were held to 14-percent shooting (2-14) from three-point range, and were outscored, 30-17, at the foul line. Felician fell to 0-2 in overtime on the season, and 0-3 against East Coast Conference opponents.

The Golden Falcons and Spartans combined for 51 fouls, 66 free-throw attempts, and four disqualifications.